I love playing with my kids.
For example, this weekend we played croquet, I punted the ball to my son in the yard, we went for a family walk, we’ve read together, and played games.
But my kids are insatiable. “Mom, can you play such and such with me?” is a constant refrain around here. They can’t get enough of my time, and are always asking for more.
They’re excellent at guilt tripping me too. I’ll play for hours, and if I say I have to get something done and play time is over, it’s as if they’ve forgotten everything we’ve just done together. “What?! Why don’t you want to play with me? What am I going to do now? I’m so bored. I have nothing to do!”
Somewhere along the way, I have taught my children that they need to be entertained 100% of the time. They have lost their ability to be creative in the moment and come up with something to do on their own, because I’ve happily given in to spending so much time with them.
As much as I love the togetherness, I have stuff to do. And I think it’s good for my children to learn the art of figuring out what to do with themselves. To be able to be bored and simply suffer through.
One of my goals for our upcoming summer is to let them be bored. To not fill every moment of our day with activities. And to teach them that it’s ok to be without me (and without the aid of technology). We’ll see it how goes – fingers crossed that we make it through in one piece. I’m hopeful. After all, my brother and I, and countless numbers of my generation somehow survived without their parents guiding their every move.
Wish me (and my kiddos) luck!
top – the Wild Ruffle shop; shoes – c/o shopbop.com (sold out but here are similar styles); necklace #1 and #2 – the Wild Ruffle shop; jeans – J Crew
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